Some people are threatening to boycott Thorpe Park after it emerged that they ask mask-exempt guests to ride at the back of their rollercoasters (Image: Surrey Live / Darren Pepe)
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Customers are threatening to boycott Thorpe Park after it emerged that it asks mask-exempt guests to ride at the back of their rollercoasters to "reduce the risk of air transmission" of Covid.
The Government say that certain people with an age, health or disability reason can go without a mask in public.
But Thorpe Park have stringent health measures in place and require the "wearing of masks on all rides".
One woman, a mother-of-three, took to Twitter to blast the theme park after staff said because her daughter couldn't wear a mask she would have to sit at the back of the rides.
The same woman branded this "segregation" between mask-wearers and non mask-wearers and likened the rule to Rosa Parks being forced to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama.
Thorpe Park's social media team got in touch with her in response, saying "in line with our ride restrictions, all our guests who are mask exempt are required to sit in the row farthest to the back to reduce the risk of air transmission aboard our attractions".
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In response to the exchange, one person wrote: “We won’t be going there. I will stick to my local fun fairs where they don’t request such nonsense."
Another person demanded an apology for Natasha and her daughter, writing: “This is segregation. You should be taken to court."
Though others were of a different opinion.
One woman tweeted: "It’s a different level of insanity to think your daughter is modern day Rosa Parks because of a trip to Thorpe Park."
One woman took to Twitter to blast the theme park after staff said because her daughter couldn't wear a mask she would have to sit at the back of the ride
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"Please tell me this women isn’t seriously making a comparison between a rollercoaster at Thorpe Park and Rosa Parks and racial segregation," wrote another person.
In response, Thorpe Park told The Mirror that the "batching" of guests towards the back of rides is a "reasonable adjustment" to their normal operations.
In a statement, a spokesperson said that the park's team is committed to creating a safe environment for everyone.
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They added: "Those guests who are exempt from wearing a mask are still able to ride all of our rides, but as a reasonable adjustment and part of our additional health and safety measures, we ask those guests to be batched towards the back of our rides in order to reduce the risk of air contamination.
"Other batching or seating arrangements that guests may also see is where we have reduced capacity and batching to maintain social distancing that can include empty seats or rows and where possible, grouping within household units."